CP Holiday Train returning to East Kootenay
With its biggest ever line-up of Canadian talent, the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train is set to close out Canada 150 with its 19th annual tour, which will once again makes its way through the East Kootenay between Dec. 11 and 13.
Canada 150 ambassador Alan Doyle will travel from Calgary to Port Moody with The Beautiful Band, with the first B.C. stop in Sparwood at 3:35 p.m. on Dec. 11.
From there, the train will make stops at Fernie from 5:15 to 6 p.m., Jaffray from 7:15 to 7:35 p.m. and conclude the day in Cranbrook, arriving at 9:05 p.m.
On Dec. 12 the train heads to Creston, Castlegar and Nelson, before turning around and heading to Radium Hot Springs on Dec. 13, from 6 to 6:45 p.m.
The train stops for the day in Golden Dec. 13 at 8:45 p.m., with the show running from 9:30 to 10 p.m.
The CP Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has since raised more than C$13 million and four million pounds of food for communities along CP’s routes in Canada and the United States.
Beginning in Montreal, Quebec, on November 25 and 26, 2017 respectively, two trains will make the festive journey, travelling through both the U.S. and Canada to bring holiday cheer to 182 communities along CP’s network. Each event is completely free, with CP encouraging every attendee to open their cupboards or wallets to ease hunger needs in their community. Local food banks will be accepting donations at each stop to ensure those less fortunate can access adequate food this holiday season and year-round.
“The Holiday Train program is all about local food banks and food shelves and the critical role they play in our communities,” said Keith Creel, CP’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “People come for the beautifully-lit train and stay for the incredible show – all in the name of community. The holiday season is the best time of the year, and we look forward to bringing together thousands of Canadians and Americans this season for this incredibly important cause and a great time.”
CP is also encouraging fans of the train to donate heart-healthy food, as everyone should have access to healthy, nutritious food, regardless of circumstances. This supports the mission of CP Has Heart, a program dedicated to improving the heart health of men, women and children in North America. To date, this program has raised C$12 million for cardiac care and research.
The 2017 edition of the Holiday Train also concludes CP’s Canada 150 celebrations and the Canadian train will feature the Spirit of Tomorrow car, which was part of the Canada 150 Train this past summer.